Early Childhood Faculty

Lea Nelson-Gemmell

Parent-Toddler Teacher

Ms. Lea is a graduate of Grossmont College and received her Waldorf early childhood teaching credential from Rudolf Steiner College. Ms. Lea brings a wealth of experience to Camellia, having taught parent-toddler, preschool, and kindergarten classes at Sacramento Waldorf School, Cedar Springs Waldorf School, East Bay Waldorf School, and Waldorf School of San Diego.

Ms. Lea joined Camellia in 2015.

Parent Toddler Teacher Lea Nelson-Gemmel

Contact Lea Nelson-Gemmell: lnelson@camelliawaldorf.org

Susan Bagley

Morning Glory Preschool Teacher


Ms. Susan has been working in Waldorf early childhood education for the last 15 years. She has spent the last several years here at Camellia, both assisting and substituting when needed. Ms. Susan is a student at Folsom Lake College, completing her AA degree in Early Childhood Education. She began her journey with Waldorf education in 2005 when her children joined a local Waldorf method charter school and she accepted a position as a preschool assistant in an in-home Waldorf program. She then moved to Cedar Springs Waldorf School as a kindergarten assistant, and from there she joined us here at Camellia as the preschool assistant. She has also assisted in kindergarten and aftercare at Camellia.

Ms. Susan joined Camellia in 2013.

Contact Susan Bagley:  sbagley@camelliawaldorf.org

Olga Morozova

Apple Rose Kindergarten Teacher


Olga Morozova has a master’s degree in psychology from State Pedagogical University in Russia and received her Waldorf early childhood teaching credential from Rudolf Steiner College. Ms. Olga has lived and worked in Russia, Hungary, Switzerland, Austria and Canada. She has teaching experience in both formal and informal settings with children and adults.

Ms. Olga joined Camellia in 2016.

Contact Olga Morozova: omorozova@camelliawaldorf.org

Julie Mulrooney


Apple Rose Kindergarten Teacher

Julie Mulrooney has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Oregon and received her Waldorf teaching credential from Rudolf Steiner College. Born and raised in Central California, Ms. Julie originally worked as an artist in Santa Cruz before becoming a Waldorf teacher. She has taught at Sacramento Waldorf School, Cedar Springs Waldorf School, Sun Haven Waldorf School in British Columbia, Canada, and Rainbow Bridge Waldorf Preschool in Sacramento. Ms. Julie’s teaching experience includes working with children with special needs in public school environments.


Inspired by nature’s beauty, Ms. Julie particularly loves exploring the Monterey Bay coast with her family. She also enjoys weaving, silk painting, and many artistic endeavors.


Ms. Julie joined Camellia in 2015.

Elementary and Middle School Faculty

Vanessa Jansen

First Grade Teacher


Mrs. Jansen has been a grades teacher at Honolulu Waldorf School, Spring Hill Waldorf School, and at the East Bay Waldorf School. A woman of many talents, she has also been theater director for the fall play at Honolulu Waldorf School for grades 1-12 for the past three years. Earlier, she served as the music teacher and did substitution at the Taos Waldorf School. In her own words, "Teaching has been a mainstay throughout my life. Like the seed that waits for the right time to be born, nestled in the earth receiving warmth and water finally shoots up and blooms to unfold, I have been nourishing my love for teaching and am ready to take on a new journey."

Her formal education includes two bachelor degrees from the University of North Dakota, as well as a Foundation Studies for Waldorf training at Novalis Institute in Minneapolis and she received her Waldorf Teaching Certification from Antioch University in 2010. Outside of academia, her interests include midwifery, farming, and art.


Ms. Jansen joined Camellia in 2020.

Contact Vanessa Jasen: vjansen@camelliawaldorf.org

Amber Fitts

Second Grade Teacher


Amber Fitts earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of California Santa Cruz. For nearly a decade, she worked in the nonprofit sector for the Fund for Public Interest Research and California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) in the fields of environmental advocacy and accounting. Drawn to teaching and the values of Waldorf education, Ms. Fitts earned teaching credentials in Waldorf education and eurythmy from Rudolf Steiner College.


Ms. Fitts taught Camellia’s class of 2018 from first through eighth grade and she is thrilled to continue her journey at Camellia with the class of 2027.


Besides teaching and curriculum preparation, Ms. Fitts’ passions are in the movement arts: yoga, eurythmy, modern dance, folk dance, and ballet. She also enjoys exploring creativity through the visual arts and spending time in nature; whether hiking, biking, camping, backpacking, kayaking, or just reading a book along the shores of the American River.


Ms. Fitts cultivates an active interest in world travel and cultures, having ventured through Thailand, the Yucatan, Ireland, Peru, Italy, and Switzerland, as well as many of America’s national parks.


Ms. Fitts joined Camellia in 2010.

Contact Amber Fitts: afitts@camelliawaldorf.org

Hanna Schaffer

Third Grade Teacher

Hanna Schaffer has a bachelor’s degree in theater, which she earned from California State Universities Fresno and Sacramento. She earned her Waldorf teaching certificate from Waldorf Teacher Education Eugene (WTEE), in Eugene, Oregon. Before coming to Camellia, Ms. Schaffer taught elementary and middle school at Cedar Springs Waldorf School. She has also taught in a variety of education-related positions including ceramics and theater and as a literacy tutor. Working with children has always been her passion, and Ms. Schaffer is delighted to be a teacher at Camellia.


Ms. Schaffer joined Camellia in 2018.

Contact Hanna Schaffer: hschaffer@camelliawaldorf.org

Anastasia Sinclair

Fourth Grade Teacher

Anastasia Sinclair has a bachelor’s degree in integrative studies and environmental design from Warren Wilson College and a master’s degree in Waldorf education from Rudolf Steiner College. As a child, Ms. Sinclair was a Waldorf student and graduated high school from Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm in Santa Rosa. Ms. Sinclair has taught children from first through 12th grade in Waldorf schools, most recently at the Waldorf School of the Peninsula in Los Altos and Mountain View, where she coordinated an extensive school gardening program and taught earth science in middle school and high school.

Ms. Sinclair joined Camellia in 2019.

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Contact Anastasia Sinclair: asinclair@camelliawaldorf.org

Sarah Casebeer

Fifth Grade Teacher

Sarah Casebeer has a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies from the University of New Hampshire and earned her Waldorf teacher certificate from the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training.

A Camellia parent for more than 10 years, Ms. Casebeer taught Camellia’s class of 2017 and has also been a substitute teacher and an assistant teacher in kindergarten at Camellia.

Ms. Casebeer Joined Camellia in 2009.

Contact Sarah Casebeer: scasebeer@camelliawaldorf.org


Josh Amaral

Sixth Grade Teacher

Josh Amaral has a bachelor’s degree in English with a focus on grammar and composition from California State University Chico. More recently, he earned a master’s degree in teaching from the University of San Francisco and has California single subject teaching credentials in English and social science. Before relocating to Sacramento, Mr. Amaral taught in Chico area charter schools, where he worked with all age groups in kindergarten to 12th grade.

Mr. Amaral is an avid performer with an appreciation for live theater, music, creative writing, and the arts. He served as a youth instructor for the Chico Theater Company for four years, during which he participated in more than six youth productions and nearly twenty main stage productions. He also plays numerous instruments and is a firm believer in the power of rhythm and melody and their effect on the growing mind. Mr. Amaral enjoys photography in its many forms, painting, writing poetry and short stories, and reading classic fiction.


Mr. Amaral joined Camellia in 2017.


Contact Josh Amaral: jamaral@camelliawaldorf.org

Kiersen Clerkin

Seventh Grade Teacher

Kiersen Clerkin earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology and information studies from the University College in Dublin, Ireland. She has always enjoyed working with young people; spending many summers as a camp counselor. Most recently, Ms. Clerkin taught and graduated the class of 2018 at Davis Waldorf School.


Ms. Clerkin attended Davis Waldorf School from kindergarten through eighth grade and graduated high school from Sacramento Waldorf School. A Waldorf “lifer,” Ms. Clerkin loves Waldorf education.  She believes that the middle school years are the time in which the birth of the intellect and independent thinking takes place. It is a time of wit and exploration. She is thrilled to be guiding a new group of young people through ancient Greece to modern America, exploring the excitement of physics and chemistry, and getting to see the spark that ignites in the students’ eyes when they are loving what they are learning!


When not teaching, Ms. Clerkin enjoys traveling, the outdoors, camping and hiking, and spending time with her family and two dogs.


Ms. Clerkin joined Camellia in 2018.

Contact Kiersen Clerkin: kclerkin@camelliawaldorf.org

Shannon Leigh

Eighth Grade Teacher

Shannon Leigh earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and mathematics from Jacksonville University in Florida, and a master’s degree in organic chemistry from the University of California Davis. Ms. Leigh has worked for Environmental Conservation Laboratories, Johnson & Johnson, the University of California Davis, Davis Waldorf School, and the Crocker Art Museum.

A parent at Camellia for more than 8 years, Ms. Leigh has held a variety of positions at Camellia including teaching middle school math, handwork for kindergarten through eighth grade, kindergarten assistant, and establishing Camellia’s summer camp program. 


Ms. Leigh joined Camellia in 2012.

Contact Shannon Leigh: sleigh@camelliawaldorf.org

Kevin Windt

Elementary and Middle School Assistant Teacher

Kevin Windt earned a bachelor’s degree in digital media from University of California Davis. He taught English in Taiwan and worked with students in high school special education programs. In addition to assistant teaching at Camellia, Mr. Windt is pursuing his interest in art.

 Mr. Windt joined Camellia in 2018.

Contact Kevin Windt: kwindt@camelliawaldorf.org

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